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China zài jiàn
Japan shai chien
Goodbye Wall Scroll

再見 is the most common "goodbye" in Mandarin Chinese. It literally/directly translates, "again see" or more naturally, "See you again." It's a lot like the English, "See you later."

Theoretically, this can be used in Japanese but in Japanese, it's seen as the Chinese way to say goodbye. It's like English people saying ciao! or ¡adiós!

This is a strange title for a wall scroll. I guess it's best if you plan to put this by the door where people will see it when they leave your home or business.

Until We Meet Again

China zài huì
Japan saie
Until We Meet Again Wall Scroll

In Chinese, this means to meet again, until we meet again, or goodbye.

In Japanese, this may be understood as reunion or meeting again.

Amitabha Buddha

China ē mí tuó fó
Japan amida butsu
Amitabha Buddha Wall Scroll

This title can mean the Buddha of the Western paradise. But it's more a chant that means, "May the lord Buddha preserve us!" or "Merciful Buddha!."

阿彌陀佛 is also a translation to Chinese, Japanese, and Korean for, "Amitâbha Buddha."

Asian Buddhists will often greet and say goodbye to each other with this phrase/chant/title.

Namaste - Greeting

China hé shí
Japan gou juu
Namaste - Greeting Wall Scroll

The word namaste comes from Sanskrit and is a common greeting in the Hindi and Nepali languages exchanged by devout Hindu or Buddhist people in Southern Asia (especially India).

Here you can see the Chinese form (and Japanese but not well-known in Japan) of this word which is used describe a Buddhist (or Hindu) greeting with palms closed together in a prayerful manner, generally at chest level. However, this selection of characters describes the act, and is not a word spoken during the greeting. In fact, words or a greeting is seldom spoken when two Chinese or Japanese Buddhists meet. The greeting is silent, and respectful but composed completely of body language.

Note that the greeting namaste as well as the act of placing palms together are used both as a hello and goodbye (kind of like the word aloha in Hawaiian).

If you are looking for a welcoming hello and goodbye, you may want to consider gassho or a simple welcome.

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If shown, 2nd row is Simp. Chinese

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Mandarin zài huì / zai4 hui4
Taiwan tsai hui
Japanese saie
Chinese to meet again; until we meet again; goodbye
This term is used in Buddhism, but due to a licensing issue, we cannot show the definition
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Mandarin zài jiàn / zai4 jian4
Taiwan tsai chien
Japanese shaichien ツァイチエン
 shaichen ツァイチェン
 saiken さいけん
Chinese goodbye; see you again later
Japanese (interjection) (kana only) good-bye (chi:); see you; (noun/participle) looking at again; watching again; discovering again; seeing again
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Mandarin zhé // yǐ / zhe2 // yi3
Taiwan che // i
Japanese kinoto きのと
 otsu おつ
Chinese turning stroke (in Chinese characters); see also 折[zhe2]; second of the ten Heavenly Stems 十天干[shi2 tian1 gan1]; second in order; letter "B" or roman "II" in list "A, B, C", or "I, II, III" etc; second party (in legal contract, usually 乙方[yi3 fang1], as opposed to 甲方[jia3 fang1]); ethyl; bent; winding; radical in Chinese characters (Kangxi radical 5); ancient Chinese compass point: 105°
Japanese (noun or adjectival noun) second in rank; second sign of the Chinese calendar; (noun or adjectival noun) (1) second (party to an agreement); the B party (e.g. in a contract); the latter; defendant; (2) stylish; chic; spicy; witty; tasty; romantic; (adjectival noun) (3) strange; quaint; queer; (expression) (4) (abbreviation) (slang) thank you; goodbye; goodnight; (surname, female given name) Kinoto; (female given name) Otome; (surname, female given name) Oto; (female given name) Otsu; (given name) Otto; (female given name) Itsu

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Mandarin wěn bié / wen3 bie2
Taiwan wen pieh
Chinese to kiss goodbye

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Japanese shitsurei / shitsure しつれい
 shitsurai しつらい
 shichirai しちらい
Japanese (n,vs,adj-na) (1) discourtesy; impoliteness; (expression) (2) Excuse me; Goodbye; (noun or participle which takes the aux. verb suru) (3) to leave; (4) to be rude; (out-dated or obsolete kana usage) (n,vs,adj-na) (1) discourtesy; impoliteness; (expression) (2) Excuse me; Goodbye; (noun or participle which takes the aux. verb suru) (3) to leave; (4) to be rude

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Mandarin shī péi / shi1 pei2
Taiwan shih p`ei / shih pei
Chinese goodbye (modest formula); Excuse me, I must leave.

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Mandarin yǐn bié / yin3 bie2
Taiwan yin pieh
Chinese to leave; to say goodbye

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Mandarin gào cí / gao4 ci2
Taiwan kao tz`u / kao tzu
Chinese to say goodbye; to take one's leave

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Mandarin shāng bié / shang1 bie2
Taiwan shang pieh
Chinese sorrowful farewell; sad goodbye

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Mandarin yáo shǒu / yao2 shou3
Taiwan yao shou
Japanese yō shu
Chinese to wave the hand (to say goodbye, or in a negative gesture); crank handle
This term is used in Buddhism, but due to a licensing issue, we cannot show the definition

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Mandarin jīn sòng / jin1 song4
Taiwan chin sung
Japanese shinsō
To escort to the ferry, either the living to deliverance or more generally the dead; to bid goodbye (to a guest); to escort a ferry

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Mandarin cí xíng / ci2 xing2
Taiwan tz`u hsing / tzu hsing
Chinese to say goodbye; leave-taking; farewells

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Mandarin dào bié / dao4 bie2
Taiwan tao pieh
Chinese leave taking; to say goodbye

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Japanese doumo / domo どうも
Japanese (interjection) (1) (abbreviation) thanks; (adverb) (2) much (thanks); very (sorry); quite (regret); (3) quite; really; mostly; (4) somehow; (5) in spite of oneself; no matter how hard one may try (one is unable to) (with negative verb); no matter how hard one may try not to (one ends up doing) (with positive verb, esp. -shimau); (interjection) (6) greetings; hello; goodbye

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Japanese dehamata ではまた
Japanese (expression) (abbreviation) see you later (used in casual correspondence and conversation); goodbye; sincerely

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Japanese owakarekai おわかれかい
Japanese farewell party; goodbye party; send-off party

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Japanese jamata じゃまた
Japanese (expression) (abbreviation) see you later (used in casual correspondence and conversation); goodbye; sincerely

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Japanese baibai バイバイ
Japanese (interjection) (1) bye-bye; good-bye; see you; so long; (noun/participle) (2) saying goodbye; parting

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Japanese gubbai グッバイ
Japanese (expression) goodbye; goodby; good-by

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Japanese izasaraba いざさらば
Japanese (expression) (1) (archaism) well then, (shall we); well then, (I'll); (2) goodbye

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Japanese guddobai グッドバイ
Japanese (expression) goodbye; goodby; good-by

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Japanese wakareotsugeru わかれをつげる
Japanese (exp,v1) to say goodbye; to bid farewell

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The following table may be helpful for those studying Chinese or Japanese...

Title CharactersRomaji(Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Goodbye 再見
shai chien / shaichienzài jiàn / zai4 jian4 / zai jian / zaijian tsai chien / tsaichien
Until We Meet Again 再會
saiezài huì / zai4 hui4 / zai hui / zaihui tsai hui / tsaihui
Amitabha Buddha 阿彌陀佛
amida butsu
ē mí tuó fó
e1 mi2 tuo2 fo2
e mi tuo fo
o mi t`o fo
o mi to fo
Namaste - Greeting 合十gou juu / goujuu / go ju / gojuhé shí / he2 shi2 / he shi / heshi ho shih / hoshih
In some entries above you will see that characters have different versions above and below a line.
In these cases, the characters above the line are Traditional Chinese, while the ones below are Simplified Chinese.

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A nice Chinese calligraphy wall scroll

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A professional Chinese Calligrapher

Professional calligraphers are getting to be hard to find these days.
Instead of drawing characters by hand, the new generation in China merely type roman letters into their computer keyboards and pick the character that they want from a list that pops up.

There is some fear that true Chinese calligraphy may become a lost art in the coming years. Many art institutes in China are now promoting calligraphy programs in hopes of keeping this unique form of art alive.

Trying to learn Chinese calligrapher - a futile effort

Even with the teachings of a top-ranked calligrapher in China, my calligraphy will never be good enough to sell. I will leave that to the experts.

A high-ranked Chinese master calligrapher that I met in Zhongwei

The same calligrapher who gave me those lessons also attracted a crowd of thousands and a TV crew as he created characters over 6-feet high. He happens to be ranked as one of the top 100 calligraphers in all of China. He is also one of very few that would actually attempt such a feat.

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